Captain Phillips to Speak at ISACA Conference (USA)

Captain Phillips, Survivor of Somali Pirate Attack, to Speak at ISACA Conference

Surviving a pirate attack on the high seas requires strong leadership, creativity and preparation. Similarly, surviving a threat to an enterprise’s number-one asset—information—requires clear guidelines and good practices. Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, will share his plan for preparing for unpredictable threats at ISACA’s 2013 North America Information Security and Risk Management (ISRM) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 6-8 November 2013.

Most enterprises agree: It is not a matter of “if” they will be attacked, but “when,” according to a study of advanced persistent threats by ISACA, a nonprofit association serving 110,000 IT governance, audit and security professionals in 180 countries. To kick off the North America ISRM conference, Captain Phillips will deliver a special keynote address, titled, “Insights on Protecting Enterprise Assets From Even the Most Unpredictable Threats.”

Author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Captain Phillips caught the world’s attention when he was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. Captain Phillips’ planning, forward thinking and heroism saved him, his crew and his ship. The events surrounding his ship’s capture and rescue by US Navy SEALs have been made into a Columbia Pictures movie, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips.

ISACA will offer expertise for all levels of governance, risk, security and compliance professionals at the conference, which will be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Eddie Schwartz, CISO for RSA, will deliver the opening keynote address titled, “Embracing Uncertainty—How Big Data Is Transforming Security Management.” The closing keynote address will be delivered by Robert Bigman, who recently retired from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after serving a 30-year career. Bigman will discuss why current approaches aren’t working and what to do instead.

“The wealth of information security and compliance experience on the volunteer task force for this year’s NA ISRM is broad and deep,” said Thomas Borton, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, director of IT security and compliance for Cost Plus, Inc., and chair of the conference task force. “The choices of topics, tracks and speakers will not disappoint, and offer a valuable opportunity to share experiences, sharpen skills and forge relationships that will prove beneficial to the success of attendees.”

The conference will offer panel and interactive discussions, networking events and engaging workshops in the following tracks: Cybersecurity, Privacy/Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Forums.

Pre- and post-conference workshops include:

  • COBIT 5 for Information Security
  • Data Privacy Risks
  • COBIT 5 for Risk
  • Innovate Your Cybersecurity Solutions: Understand and Respond to Current Threats and Incidents
  • BYOD: Securing Mobile Technologies
  • Tools and Techniques of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery

Conference attendees can earn up to 29 CPE hours. Registration is US $1,750 for ISACA members and US $1,950 for nonmembers.


ISACA, August 28, 2013; Image: Wilimedia